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Lebanon’s Army Separates Rival Protests Near Presidential Palace

Lebanon’s Army Separates Rival Protests Near Presidential Palace

Sunday, 1 December, 2019 - 18:45
Protesters near the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon Sunday December 1, 2019. NNA

The Lebanese army deployed on Sunday near the presidential palace east of Beirut to prevent friction between rival protesters as the cabinet formation stalemate continued.


Anti-government protesters had called for a rally Sunday outside the Presidential Palace in Baabda to press President Michel Aoun to formally begin the process of forming a new government.


Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned on Oct. 29 amid nationwide protests accusing the political elite of corruption and mismanagement of the economy.


The call prompted a counter-rally by supporters of Aoun who called him a “red line.”


Soldiers formed a human chain to separate the groups on the highway leading to the palace, preventing clashes.


Aoun is yet to call for binding parliamentary consultations to name a new PM.


Pro-Aoun protesters stressed that the president should not be insulted and his office should be respected.


But Aoun, along with other politicians, has remained the target of anti-government demonstrators who have been protesting since Oct. 17.


Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters marched toward central Beirut amid a deepening economic crisis.


They marched under the slogans “Sunday of Clarity” and “Unity and Solidarity of the Lebanese People”.


They called for the formation of a government of technocrats to “take urgent measures in the face of the economic collapse caused by the ruling class.”


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